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osteomalacia
 

Osteomalacia is softening of the bones, caused by not having enough vitamin D, or by problems with the metabolism of this vitamin. These softer bones have a normal amount of collagen that gives the bones its structure, but they are lacking in calcium.

 
Symptoms

Symptoms may include:

 

 
Causes

Causes may include:

 

  • deficiency of vitamin D in the diet
  • not enough exposure to sunlight, which produces vitamin D in the body
  • malabsorption of vitamin D by the intestines
  • hereditary or acquired disorders of vitamin D metabolism
  • kidney failure and acidosis
  • cancer
  • side effects of medications
  • liver disease
 
Treatments

Treatment may include:

 

  • vitamin supplements
  • limited exposure of the body to sunlight

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